Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 2: Friday, November 8th
Game 3: Sunday, January 12th
Game 4: Thursday, January 23rd

Kings 99

(4-3, 3-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2002

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 14 27 33 1791
    SAC 35 26 23 1599

    Top Performers

    Memphis: D. Gooden 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Sacramento: C. Webber 16 Pts, 17 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Kings hang on to end three-game losing streak

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber's right hand was on ice -- and so was his impulse to condemn the Sacramento Kings' lackluster performance.

    Chris Webber

    Webber had 16 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, and Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points as the injury-plagued Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless with a 99-91 victory Friday night.

    Bobby Jackson had 20 points for the Kings, who blew nearly all of a 29-point third-quarter lead before holding on for their 15th victory in 17 meetings with the Grizzlies and their second in seven days.

    Sacramento won its third straight home game to end its longest losing streak since February 2001, but the Kings barely hung on against a stirring second-half rally by Memphis.

    Injuries and an ever-shifting player rotation caused by the resulting absences have been the primary culprit behind Sacramento's 4-3 start. Seven key players have missed games, with Mike Bibby and Scot Pollard currently out.

    "It's frustrating, but right now is not the time to get frustrated,'' Webber said. "It's time to keep working and grinding and surviving through these injuries.''

    Webber, his hand heavily wrapped as a precaution for an injury from earlier this season, was neither excited nor discouraged after his best rebounding performance in two years.

    "I'm just trying to maintain all my body parts,'' said Webber, who also had eight assists -- and eight turnovers while shooting 8-for-24. "I don't know if I've missed so many jump hooks and open shots in my life.''

    Webber missed the Kings' game in Memphis last week with an abdominal injury.

    Rookie Drew Gooden, a Northern California native playing in front of friends and family, scored a career-high 23 points for the Grizzlies, who remained the NBA's only winless team at 0-6 despite an outstanding second half.

    Memphis trailed 76-47 midway through the third quarter, but roared back to get within four at 92-88 with 4:15 left, beating the Kings at their own up-tempo game.

    But Stojakovic and Webber hit free throws down the stretch, and Webber rebounded Vlade Divac's missed free throw for a dunk and a 97-89 lead with 52 seconds left.

    "Our heads aren't down,'' Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "We made it a ballgame. We had a shot to win it, but we made mistakes that young teams make. We had three chances to get it close, and had two turnovers and one quick shot. We can't do that.''

    Coach Rick Adelman pleaded with his players to avoid the lapses in determination that plagued them on the road earlier this week -- but it happened again.

    "I guess I should have said it in whatever Vlade and Peja's language is,'' Adelman said. "We've got to address that, or it's going to carry over throughout the season. It's a lack of concentration. You can't just come out there and start throwing balls around.''

    Doug Christie, playing in his first home game of the season, and Divac had 10 points and 10 rebounds apiece for Sacramento, which lost at Miami, Orlando and New York while six key players missed at least one game with injuries.

    More bad news awaited the Kings in Sacramento, where they learned Pollard will be out at least a month with a stress fracture in his back. Bibby is out until December with a broken foot, and Mateen Cleaves still hasn't played this season with another foot injury.

    But the Kings never trailed against Memphis, leading by 22 in the first quarter with their trademark passing and running.

    Sacramento led 76-47 on consecutive baskets by Webber midway through the third quarter -- but Memphis closed the third on a 27-10 run that included seven points by Gooden, last June's fourth overall draft pick.

    "Same old, same old -- we've been digging ourselves a big hole that we can't get out of,'' Gooden said. "That first half was a horrible exhibition of basketball. ... It's different. We're 0-6 now. I only lost four games the whole year last year (at Kansas). It's a change, but it's an 82-game season. A lot can change.''

    Stromile Swift had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis. Jason Williams, in another return to Arco Arena, had 11 points.

    Game notes

    An MRI exam Thursday night revealed Pollard's injury, which will keep him out four-to-six weeks. Pollard had missed the Kings' last three games with the first significant injury of his NBA career. ... Sacramento had a 31-12 lead before Memphis even committed its first foul. ... The Grizzlies put G Michael Dickerson on the injured list with a groin injury. Dickerson missed all but four games last season with a stress fracture near his groin, but the team didn't say whether the new injury was related to the old one.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 99
    FGM-FGA 38-88 (.432) 40-90 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 11-17 (.647) 12-21 (.571)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 19-54
    Assists 20 27
    Turnovers 21 24
    Steals 19 16
    Blocks 9 8
    Fast Break Points 9 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (1/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Drew Gooden Gooden
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 16
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5